AMD Sempron 2800+ & 3100+ Review

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Business & Content Creation Winstones
Real-World Application Performance

PC Magazine's Winstone Test Suite is an excellent benchmarking tool for testing the CPU, memory, and overall system performance.  Content Creation Winstone focuses on common media intensive tasks, while Business Winstone assesses general workstation application performance.  Below is a breakdown of each package's software complement that is used to issue an overall score when complete.

       Content Creation 2004 v1.0.1        Business Winstone 2004 v1.0.1
  • Adobe Photoshop 7.0.1
  • Adobe Premiere 6.50
  • Macromedia Director MX 9.0
  • Macromedia Dreamweaver MX 6.1
  • Microsoft Windows Media Encoder 9 Version 9.00.00.2980
  • NewTek's LightWave 3D 7.5b
  • Steinberg WaveLab 4.0f
  • Microsoft Access 2002
  • Microsoft Excel 2002
  • Microsoft FrontPage 2002
  • Microsoft Outlook 2002
  • Microsoft PowerPoint 2002
  • Microsoft Project 2002
  • Microsoft Word 2002
  • Norton Antivirus Professional Edition 2003
  • WinZip 8.1

These were rather intensive workstation-class tests that rounded out our benchmarking segment, and both Semprons passed with respectable numbers.  Content Creation 2004 was a strong test for both new processors, with each topping their respective Pentium 4 comparison systems.  The same held true with Business Winstone 2004, as well, with the 2800+ holding a minor lead, and the Sempron 3100+ beating the Pentium 4 hands down.

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